Yes. This is the Good One.
I know, right? We could barely believe it ourselves. It doesn't feel like a 70's movie. I'm sure if you sat down and analyzed it stylistically, you could tie it into the 70's very nicely. The psychadelic style, the pacing, the portrayal of children and family. I believe it. But something about this movie makes it feel much...
"It feels older," said Paul.
"I disagree," countered Shirley, "It feels much more recent than 1970."
The argument continued for a minute or so, when it dawned on me exactly what was happening.
"Guys," I said. "We're watching a timeless movie."
Willy Wonka has survived its era, and continues to be present in young people's minds as a movie worth watching. But what exactly elevates the film from quirky kids movie to family classic? We investigated the movie with plenty of booze in tow, because as Mr. Wonka is quick to remind us, "candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker."